Sunday, September 9, 2007

Week 4

How could you not be in love with these angels?
Maxim Charles
Emerson James
Alexander Julius
Just like in the womb Alex is always on top!
My Beautiful Boys! Alex, Max & Emerson
Mommy & her Boys!
Alex & Max...How he missed his brother!
Hapy Feet!

We have had a fantastic week. All three babies are now in open cribs. Which is extremely exciting for us and them. This means all babies are maintaining their own body heat and no longer need the incubators. The babies had the first photo session on Saturday. They finally got to spend some time together! The first time in three weeks since their birth. They loved being together. They posed and cried. They slept and pulled on each others wires. It was wonderful. I finally got to see how much they do and do not look like each other. Just so you know Emerson is the peanut. He has brown hair that is very faint on top. He has the cutest little lips and has the brightest eyes. Max is the Blondie. He looks exactly like David. He has the perfect round head and a full face. Alex is the darkest, his hair is so dark it looks black he has huge eyes and looks just like his Mommas baby pictures. All babies are taking mamas milk for most of their feeds. They are supplemented with formula only when needed.
Maxim is off is cannula and breathing on his own. He is still having some bradycardia spells(lowered heart rate) but he continues to come out of it on his own. He is eating and growing and his weight is now 5lbs 5oz.
Emerson is still on oxygen. He still has the feeding tube in and is taking every other feed by bottle or breast But he is eating well and keeps all his feeds down. He is growing like a weed and now is 4lbs 14 3/4oz.
Alexander is the Mamas boy of the group. He loves to hang out on his Mommy for hours. He is the most stable of all the boys and right now seems to be breastfeeding the best. He had to be put back on a little oxygen today because he was breathing rapidly. Hopefully he will correct himself in a day or two. If so I think he will be the first to come home. Although I think we are still a few weeks away from that happening. He is now 4lbs 15 1/2oz.
Big brother Austin is doing well. He starts school tomorrow and is getting to know his new baby brothers with some short visits. Both him and Momma are praying for the day we can get back into a routine. Good thing for Opa, Oma, Aunt Kathy and Grandma! Thanks guys you've been fantastic.
Again, I would just like to remind everyone that the boys although 3+ weeks old are still 5 weeks away from being full term. So technically they should still be growing in the womb. We have no idea when they will get home. We hope within the next 5 weeks but just can't speculate right now because everyday poses a new challenge.
Also, we would like to clear up something that seems to be causing a bit of confusion for people. Our children were conceived naturally ....NO IVF (In Vitro Fertilization)was used. They are genetically ours. There was nothing artificial about their conception. We did use fertility drugs through the help of a local fertility specialist. I just wanted to clear up this issue for every ones sake.